Saturday, December 31, 2011

Push the Restart Button

Hi everyone,

Resolutions are easy to make and hard to keep.   I reviewed last years and I am making progress on two out of three but I am keeping soup making on the list for 2012.

My new ones for 2012 are:

1.  De-clutter - a big one for me because my stuff is all over the house.
2.  Work more on my photography skills
3.  Have more fun!

I tend to get all caught  up in the things I have left to accomplish and I am going to try and let that go in favor of having more fun and living in the moment.

Right now my "needlepoint" moment is getting some things finished so I can work on some really exciting big projects.  Here is my progress on the Gingerbread Village sleigh.  Another week and I'll have those tacks!

And here is a photo that I took yesterday of Bougainvillea at Ocean Reef.  Yes, it's warm and sunny here.

Tomorrow I delete all those finished projects for 2011 and start a new list for 2012!

Happy New Year,


Monday, December 26, 2011

The Perfect Gift

Hi everyone,

We now have 364 days to go to come up with those perfect gifts for the loved ones on your list.  I wanted to share the gift that my husband gave to me this year.  No, it's not needlepoint (he's smarter than that).

Damaged tail rotor

Hairline crack

This is what was wrapped up under my tree.  Well this is the damaged one so I could see what it looked like!  That crack is about an inch long and you can see through it  (barely)  into the inside of the rotor blade.  He didn't have to tell me what could happen if it opened up in flight. Maybe I don't want to know. Losing your tail rotor is NOT a good thing.  So when you see the pilot fussing over the fuselage of the plane don't get irritated - let them take their time!

Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Harvesting Tacks

Hi everyone,

I am all ready for Christmas and have only an airport pickup left to do today.  I have been to all the holiday parties for every activity that I am involved in from flying, golf and of course needlepoint.  Part of my needlepoint present was a new canvas that we will do as a group project.  Guess what I need besides thread and stretcher bars?  TACKS!!

Now I am sure that I have plenty of tacks and where do you think they are?  On all my unfinished projects!  So I have chosen 3 of them to finish so I can harvest those tacks for the new Halloween group project.

Caroline's 2012 ornament

Sleigh for Gingerbread Village

Halloween Cone 
The ornament can be finished this year because now I know how to do the present, the sleigh has to be done because it goes with Mom's Village and the Cone has a twin already finished.

Voila!  And then I will have tacks!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Trees

Sew Much Fun Christmas Trees
Hi everyone,

Here are my Christmas trees in their beautiful tray.  I should have taken the picture of them before finishing but oh well!  They make a beautiful display tray.  Only a few of the beads got smusched  by the glass but at least they are protected.

I had planned to serve champagne on the tray but I'm having second thoughts about that!!

Happy stitching,


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Off to Grandma's House

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to post a photo of the gingerbread boy along with his house.

They have moved in with my mother.


Now the pressure is on for next year's "Village People".

Keep stitching,


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wrapped Presents

Raymond Crawford Present Train Car

Hi everyone,

This is my second train car (of three) of Raymond Crawford's Christmas train series.  The presents and the tree were great fun to stitch.  It was my first experience with Memory thread.  It gives a great 3D effect.  Just remember to add a little glue to the cut ends when you finish!  Maybe next year I'll have all three cars finished.

This tree actually looks better than the one in my living room!  Although mine does light up!!

Hopefully I'll be able to post some more Christmas finishing now that I have survived the flu.  Kids bring the flu home even when they're 29.

Keep stitching,